• Cameron Johnson               

     

    Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

    Welcome to Willard Alternative High School. The 2023-2024 school year marks the 23rd anniversary of the alternative high school program in Missoula County Public Schools. I am so glad you have chosen to attend our school and I am honored to serve as the principal for the 2023-2024 school year. Willard is a unique educational opportunity for Missoula high school students. We have a world class educational facility, but more importantly, outstanding educators who understand the diverse needs of our students.

    I would like to take a moment to share a bit about myself: Over the past 15 years I have worked in a variety of educational settings in Montana, including as a classroom teacher and, most recently, as assistant principal at Big Sky High School. I grew up in Arlee, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana. When not at school I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my family, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and whenever possible, surfing. 

    Over the course of the summer there have been some staffing changes and we are excited to welcome Nicole Hensley (English), Ben Martin (Counselor), Bethany Shepard (Special Education), and Amy Weimer (Social Worker) to our staff and community. We look forward to working with our students, staff, families, and community to continue making Willard an engaging, creative, and inspiring educational experience for all. 

    Below you will find some basic information to help with the start of the school year. If you have questions or need additional information, please email me at: crjohnson@mcpsmt.org or 728-2400, ext. 2850. 

    • Annual Forms: Every student will receive a package of forms on the first day of school. Please be sure to complete and return all of the forms to ensure that we have the most up to date information. Please see the attached notice regarding MT SB 99 and classroom instruction. 

    • Breakfast & Lunch: Meals are not free this year. The cost of meals is $2.25 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch. Free & Reduced lunch forms will be made available to all students in their return to school packets or families/ students can complete the form online via the Montana Office of Public Instruction page found here: https://dca.opi.mt.gov/frapp

    • Bell Schedule & Calendar: Attached is the bell schedule for this year. Students will have 4 classes a day and the academic year will consist of 4 quarters. Please note the start/end times for each day and remember Thursday is a late start. Quarter 4 starts April 10th.

    • Student Schedules: Infinite Campus is open for students to view their class schedule. We request that students attend the first day of their scheduled classes before asking for schedule changes. After the first day, please see Ben to discuss possible schedule changes. 

    • Graduation: The Willard community will gather May 30th at 6pm at the Wilma to celebrate our graduating senors. Eligible seniors will also have the option to walk with their site schools June 1st at the Adams Center.

    Thank you again for supporting your student so that they have a successful start to their school year! We are a proud Willard community and look forward to having a great school year together! Again, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have ANY questions.

     

    Sincerely,

    Cameron 

     

    THE WILLARD WAY: BE YOUR BEST SELF, BE COURAGEOUS, BE A GRADUATE

    (406)728-2400, ext. 2850